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Cultural Competencies


Being culturally competent means having the ability to recognize and respond to the diversity of the world around you and to make better decisions based on that understanding. Ultimately, becoming culturally competent is more than recognizing and understanding biases; it is about being able to harness different perspectives that are useful in the workplace, marketplace and classroom.


 Hornets' Haven (Ally/Safe Zone Training)


Hornets' Haven is a program designed to help the university community understand issues of sexual orientation and gender identity. It helps prepare our community members to become allies of LGBTQIA students, faculty, and staff.
  • Is supportive and affirming of LGBTQIA students, faculty, and staff.
  • Does not speak for, but speaks with or raises the voice of, the LGBTQIA community.
  • Confronts prejudice, discrimination, and harassment.
  • Continuously assesses own attitudes, actions, and biases.
  • Is NOT expected to know all the answers to questions about sexual orientation.
  • Is NOT expected to be a counselor or expert regarding sexual orientation.
  • Creates a welcoming environment for individuals to talk about LGBTQIA community issues.
  • Continues to educate oneself about diversity.
  • Respects the privacy of individuals who contact them in their role as an ally and keeps communications confidential.
  • Makes referrals when unable to assist individuals who contact them in their role as an ally.
  • Is VISIBLE!
Complete the 1.5 hour Hornets' Haven training provided on campus by our staff. Fill out the form at the bottom of this page to schedule a training date.
Training Scheduling Form

Don’t Step in it: Navigating Everyday Conversations (Micro-aggression Training)

Students, faculty, and staff will learn to identify micro-aggressions and will be able to reflect on how they can modify questions or comments in ways that are less likely to reflect stereotypic assumptions and beliefs.


Finding Waldo: There’s More to me then this! (Intersectionality Training)

Just like you find Waldo within a crowd, you can only truly discover yourself by looking inside others. Sign up for a fun activity to learn about the differences and similarities you share with other individuals. Leave any preconceptions at the door and prepare to be surprised. This activity is focused toward identity and intersectionality.


Disability Etiquette : Pillars for Communicating with People with Disabilities

The rules of etiquette and good manners for assisting people with disabilities and exceptionalities are generally the same as the rules for good etiquette in society. This training addresses specific issues which frequently arise for people with disabilities in terms of those issues related to disability and outline basic etiquette for working with people with different kinds of disabilities and exceptionalities.


Read&Write Technology

The Read&Write software makes the web, documents and files more accessible - any time, any place, and on any platform or device. It's great for people with dyslexia and other learning difficulties, or anyone whose first language isn't English. From reading on-screen text aloud to researching and checking written work, Read&Write makes lots of everyday tasks easier. It’s a big confidence booster for anyone who needs a little extra help with their reading and writing, at school or in the workplace.